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Sarracenia - Pitcher Plants

Mostly native to the southeastern USA, Sarracenia (Pitcher Plant) are evergreen or herbaceous, rhizomatous perennials with alien-looking, pitcher-shaped leaves and solitary, nodding cup-shaped flowers in spring. Pitcher Plants are very effective at trapping and killing insects. Lured by the attractive leaf color, insects that land on the lids get paralyzed by the nectar. They fall down into a digestive fluid at the bottom of the pitcher where they will decompose and nutrients get absorbed. Sarracenia are best grown in the consistently moist soils of a bog garden or in containers. They are a great addition to the neutral to acid water garden.

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Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant)

Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, slender yellow-green pitchers with erect lids, and dangling yellow flowers.

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Sarracenia flava var. atropurpurea (Pitcher Plant)

Sarracenia flava var. atropurpurea (Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, slender deep red pitchers with erect lids, and dangling yellow flowers.

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Sarracenia flava var. cuprea (Copper Top Pitcher Plant)

Sarracenia flava var. cuprea (Copper Top Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, slender greenish-yellow pitchers adorned with copper colored outer lids and prominent red veining.

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Sarracenia leucophylla (White-Topped Pitcher Plant)

Sarracenia leucophylla (White-Topped Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, slender green pitchers becoming wonderfully pigmented white towards their top third. Both the white throat and frilly lid are innervated with attractive green or red veins, creating a very nice effect.

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Sarracenia minor (Hooded Pitcher Plant)

Resembling the California Cobra Lily, Sarracenia minor (Hooded Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, yellow-green pitchers topped by an overarching hood. Tinted bronze or pink in full sun, the hood hides the opening of the pitcher and prevents rain to be collected in this species.

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Sarracenia oreophila (Green Pitcher Plant)

Sarracenia oreophila (Green Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, slender green pitchers with horizontal lids, and dangling yellow flowers.

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Sarracenia purpurea (Pitcher Plant)

Extremely cold-hardy, Sarracenia purpurea (Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its evergreen, semi-erect, squat, green pitchers, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), flushed and veined burgundy-red.

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